In the midst of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, actress Tilda Swinton and filmmaker and journalist Mark Cousins will follow-up last year’s magical ‘A Pilgrimage’ film festival with a flash mob dance in Edinburgh’s Festival Square to the tune of Avalon Boy’s “soft shoe ditty” “At the Ball.” The event is intended to bring focus to the official launch of Swinton and Cousin’s 8 1/2 Foundation, which gives children movies on their 8 1/2th birthdays. The duo will discuss the program after the performance, followed by a screening of Mohammad Ali Talebi’s “Bag of Rice” (which also screened as part of ‘A Pilgrimage’).
Cousins and Swinton announced the event via a whimsical little press release, inviting those visiting the film festival to partake in the festivities:
Dear Friends and Press,
Brace yourselves, we’ve had a new idea!
As you know the Ballerina Ballroom was 81/2 days in August 2008 of willy-nilly cinephilia, bike racing across the moon in Nairnia. Then in Beijing in March 2009, in the Scottish Cinema of Dreams, we created a forest in the China National Archive, made it snow feathers, and projected Lynne Ramsay and Bill Douglas films through the snow over 81/2 days.
Then, in A Pilgrimage, channelling Cliff Richard and Una Stubbs, we somehow nicked ideas from road movies and religion to haul the Screen Machine past lochs and burns, over 81/2 days…
Our next kids party-colloquy will be just 4 minutes long!
On Saturday 26th June 2010, at around 10.45am, come rain or shine, having had our porridge, we’re gonna meet at Festival Square, Lothian Road, Edinburgh. We’ll chat, read papers, suck a lolly, whatever. Then at exactly 11am, music will start – The Avalon Boy’s soft shoe ditty “At the Ball”. It’s a song from Laurel and Hardy’s funniest film Way Out West. In the film, Stan and Ollie do a wee dance, which is rubbish compared to Cyd Charisse or Gene Kelly, or any trained dancer, and yet it’s one of the most charming, amusing, gentle, child-like musical numbers in the whole of cinema history.
indieWIRE will be on the scene both the 8 1/2 Foundation launch, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival itself.